Overview

A warm welcome to the WealthBriefing MENA Region Awards 2019.

Nominations are now open and we look forward to seeing old and new faces taking part in this prestigious event.

New for 2019, the categories are focused around these main areas:

  • Regional Banking Excellence Categories
  • Country-based Banking Excellence Categories
  • Investment Management Categories
  • Family Office Categories
  • Technology Categories
  • Private Client Categories
  • Special Categories
  • Individual Awards

This year, we are also including the increasingly influential North African countries.

As in previous years, independence, integrity and genuine insight will be the watchwords of the judging process. The panel of judges is drawn from both private banks and trusted advisors/consultants to the sector who advise the Editorial team at WealthBriefing which makes the final decision based on their extensive knowledge and feedback from the region.

Conflicts of interest are avoided as the final decision is made by an independent team of domain experts who are not active in the banking industry yet report on developments in the region on a almost daily basis for over 15 years.

Winning a WealthBriefing MENA Region Award sets organisations and individuals apart from their peers and is a tangible demonstration that they have something special to offer, rewarding achievement and showcasing top class performance and innovation.

We very much hope you take part and look forward to seeing you at the 2019 awards ceremony.

Key Dates

  • Nominations close Friday 6 September (at midnight)
  • Announcement of the Winning entries on Monday 24 September
  • Awards celebratory dinner on Wednesday 13 November (from 7.00pm)

Judging Process

There will be two judging panels for the awards. A panel of trusted advisors who will be responsible for judging the private banking categories. A second panel of private bankers will judge the trusted advisor categories. This is to ensure that commercially sensitive information is kept confidential and to avoid conflicts of interest.

Private Bankers Panel

Mannan Adenwalla

Managing Director

LGT Bank (Middle East)

With more than 31 years’ banking experience in the UAE, Mannan Adenwalla assumed the role of managing director of private banking and asset management group, LGT (Middle East) in 2012. Mannan had previously been managing director of Clariden Leu Asset Management, Dubai which he set up and then led for six years.

Before this he worked for ABN AMRO Bank, where he managed his clients and a team of relationship managers for nearly ten years. Having begun his career in the banking industry in 1984, Mannan’s responsibilities at LGT include developing the business across non-resident Indian and subcontinent markets.

Alain Baron

Managing Director, Head of MENA Markets

Mirabaud (Middle East)

Alain Baron is an experienced investment professional, who has worked in the wealth management practice in the MENA Region for over 15 years building long-term investment objectives to maintain and grow investors wealth. He joined Mirabaud Bank in 2012 and is currently serving as managing director, head of MENA markets. Since then he has aligned interests between family businesses through creating a mutual investment philosophy. As a non-executive director, Alain Baron is a member of the board of directors for Proton Partners International specialising in the development of the largest global network of proton beam therapy cancer centres across UK and the international market

Patrick Crowley

Director

Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

Patrick joined Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Dubai in June 2018 as a director, from his previous position as senior vice president at DBS Private Banking Dubai. In his new role Patrick aims to exploit his reputation as a trusted advisor with entrepreneurial families to help drive the bank’s growth in the ultra-high net worth NRI private client segments, principally in the ME and Africa. Patrick’s 20-plus years’ experience in the sector began at Allied Irish Banks where he rose through the ranks to head up its deposit-taking unit in Jersey. His subsequently moved to BNP Paribas, then Bank of Nova Scotia before joining ABN AMRO Jersey where he rose to become head of private banking and later its country head. He moved to Dubai to join Lombard Odier in 2012.

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SEO

AGC Equity Partners

Georges Khoueiri is the senior executive officer of AGC Equity Partners Middle East, a global alternative investment manager. Previously, he was a managing director at Royal Bank of Scotland covering Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) across multiple asset classes. Georges was also a member of the executive committee of RBS Middle East and Africa.

With over 19 years of investment banking and alternative investment experience, he started his career at Societe Generale CIB in Paris before moving to JP Morgan in London. His main focus has been building and managing teams to deliver investment solutions and to advise emerging markets investors such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, financial institutions and sophisticated family offices. Throughout his career, Mr. Khoueiri has acquired a strong product expertise in alternative investments and derivatives.

Sebastian Graewert

Senior Investment Advisor

CA Indosuez (Switzerland)

Sebastian is a senior executive with an international private and investment banking career in a variety of leadership roles. He spent 14 years with Credit Suisse in London, Zurich and Dubai where he focused on investment banking services for UHNW and family office private banking clients. Sebastian also worked for UBS Wealth Management in Dubai where he was head of the firm’s representative office before moving to Asia as head of the MENA region based in Singapore. Sebastian also worked for CA Indosuez heading their Dubai office. Sebastian is currently a senior investment advisor at Equalis Capital Limited, a proprietary investment firm registered in the DIFC.

Manoj Kapur

Managing Director

Bank J Safra Sarasin Asset Management (Middle East)

As managing director at Bank J Safra Sarasin (Asset Management) Dubai, Manoj Kapur is responsible for leading a team of private bankers, a role he assumed in March 2010. He has over 30 years of banking experience in the sector in management, private banking and corporate banking. Manoj joined the bank from Lloyds International Private Banking where he was head of private banking for nearly four years. He was a senior manger at HSBC Private Bank in Dubai prior to that.

Martin Liebi

Deputy CEO, Head of Private Banking

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Martin Liebi has vast senior management experience in the banking and financial sectors with Swiss and international clients in all parts of Switzerland. Prior to his present role he was a member of the executive committee and head of private banking at Notenstein La Roche Privatebank. Here he successfully managed various growth projects related to private clients whilst strengthening its offices in Switzerland. Before that role he was for seven years a member of the executive committee, head of the Zurich office and head of private banking at Schroders Switzerland, where he was in charge of the entire Swiss and international private client base. Martin has also worked with Lloyds TSB Bank in Geneva, and with Credit Suisse in Lugano.

Venkat Mahadevan

Managing Director & Head of Retail Banking

Citi

Venkat Mahadevan is based in Dubai and heads the retail bank for Citi in the Middle East, which focuses on wealth management services for affluent and high net worth clients as its primary proposition. He has about 28 years of experience in banking and in Citi, having spent most of his career in various roles in consumer banking and in wealth management. Venkat also has extensive experience in the various aspects of off-shore wealth management. He worked with Citi in India, USA and Singapore prior to moving to the UAE.

Ludovic Pernot

Head of Private Banking, Middle East

Liectensteinische Landesbank

Prior to joining Liechtensteinische Landesbank as head of private banking ME in 2017, Ludovic was head of MENA at Falcon Bank since 2014. Ludovic launched his career in banking at Credit Suisse in 1989 where he stayed for 17 years. Over this time he rose through various senior appointments eventually to become head of Far East private banking for CS Geneva. In 2006 he moved to create the Geneva Booking Center FE/ME at Julius, becoming executive director of its Middle East ISC operation in 2008. In 2011 Ludovic was appointed CEO of Mirabaud Private Bank (Middle East), a role he grew until his appointment at Falcon Private Bank.

Bruce Weatherill

Chief Executive

Weatherill Consulting

Bruce is a chartered accountant with over 37 years financial services experience, previously a partner in PwC, latterly as Global leader of their Wealth Management practice and the key driver of their bi-annual Wealth Management Report. Bruce is now CEO of Weatherill Consulting providing advice on client centricity and wider strategic matters to wealth managers. He is the author of The Value of Trust: the quest by Wealth Managers for Trusted Advisor status and a number of other thought leadership reports. Bruce is chairman of ClearView Financial Media and a non-executive of a number of companies including Fidelity Holdings UK, The Wisdom Council, ComPeer, JDX Consulting and Ten Group.

Daniel Williams

Investment Director

Arbuthnot Latham

Daniel Williams is investment director for the British private bank Arbuthnot Latham and is head of investments for the bank’s Dubai office in the DIFC. Daniel joined Arbuthnot Latham in 2011 from a boutique investment house in London and has over 12 years’ experience working with International Investors. Having travelled in to the region since the opening of Arbuthnot’s office in 2013 he moved to the UAE in 2015 in order to provide full time support to clients in the region. Daniel is responsible for the investment outlook for HNW, UHNW, family office and trusts in the GCC and sits on the global investment committee for the bank.

Trusted Advisor Panel

Laurence Black

Regional Director, Client Solutions, MENA

Asiaciti Trust Group

Laurence is regional director, client solutions, EMEA for Asiaciti Trust in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He joined Asiaciti Trust in 2012 and has over 30 years’ experience in the offshore finance industry. Based in the Middle East for the past 20 years, he has particular skills and experience in cross-border planning, the establishment of offshore trusts and company formation. Before joining Asiaciti Trust he held a number of senior positions within the trust and fiduciary industry and more recently was head of fiduciary services, MENAP for a major international financial institution in the Dubai International Financial Centre. He is a full member of STEP Worldwide (Society of Trust and Estate Planners) and was the founding Chairman of STEP Arabia.

Walid S. Chiniara

Partner

Deloitte & Touche, Middle East

Walid is a partner at Deloitte & Touche and heads its private client services practice in the Middle East. He is an international corporate finance lawyer with 35 years’ experience across the five continents. Walid is a leading family business advisor who dedicated the last 20 years to building and serving family offices. He provides legal strategy, dynastic planning and mediation services to elite business families and HNW family business entrepreneurs in the GCC and the MENA region.

Sabila Din

CEO & Founder

Din Consultants

Sabila is CEO and Founder of Din Consultants, HQ in London and is an accomplished global business management, marketing and gender specialist. She works with global private banks, elite family offices and entrepreneurs - delivering propositions for growth. She works extensively with World Bank/IFC across EMEA, building financial capacity to drive female SME growth and gender financial inclusion. In addition to her consultancy, she also runs a ‘property private client office’. Prior to setting up her businesses, she held senior roles at ABN AMRO, Asia, JWT HK and was an Associate, IBM e-business fs consultant, EMEA.

Ismael Hajjar

Director, MENA Private Client Services

EY Middle East, Dubai

Ismael Hajjar leads the MENA Private Client Services (PCS) practice of EY Middle East. In his role, Ismael focuses on assisting successful families, entrepreneurs and family offices across MENA managing risks and preserving wealth.

Ismael has been serving international families for over 13 years and currently acts as trusted advisor to a number of successful families across MENA. He has been successful in designing and implementing inter-generational succession, inheritance, governance, tax compliance and confidentiality management strategies. He has contributed to creating and currently serves Family Offices.

He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration, HEC-Ulg School of Management (Belgium) and is a certified chartered accountant in Luxembourg (“expert-comptable”). He also holds an Islamic finance qualification, Institute of Islamic Banking & Insurance (UK), is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and holds a Certificate in Family Business Advising (CFBA, Family Firm Institute).

Deepak Malhotra

Chief Executive Officer

Mayfair Private

Deepak is the chief executive officer of Mayfair Private, Dubai. He specialises in advising ultra-high net worth families who have complex advisory requirements and works closely with clients to develop strategies that safeguard the family and best protect their assets. He was previously a managing director at Barclays Wealth, where he was head of the AMEA wealth advisory business. Deepak trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser, working with the blue chip professional firms Deloitte & Grant Thornton.

Valérie Mantot

Director and Head of MENA

Sanne Group

Valérie is head of CRM –Asia Pacific based in Singapore and has overall responsibility for business development and the services delivery for the Asia and MENA region. Prior to joining Sanne, Valérie worked for more than fifteen years as a corporate law and funds lawyer at leading law firms in Paris, Luxembourg and Dubai. She has gained considerable experience working with asset managers and family offices with respect to structuring their cross-border investments globally.

Sofia Mota

Head of Regulatory and Compliance Services

re/think

Sofia leads the regulatory and compliance practice of RethinkME and has extensive experience in the financial services sector and of consulting across Europe, Middle East and Africa. She has a strong knowledge of financial products regulatory framework derived from extensive work experience in top-tier financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Royal Bank of Scotland and Standard Chartered, and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. Sofia’s expertise covers compliance, operational and regulatory risk management across retail and wholesale markets.

Yann Mrazek

Managing Partner

M/HQ

Yann is the managing partner of M/HQ, a Dubai based multi-services platform primarily providing for the needs of successful individuals and wealthy international families. He chiefly focuses on private wealth, tax and immigration practice and is regularly solicited as a speaker on these themes.

He has vast experience advising successful individuals and entrepreneurial families with Middle Eastern exposure on implementing inter-generational wealth transfer strategies and structuring their operational assets and global wealth. He notably advises on mitigating exposure to mandatory local ownership rules in Middle East corporate vehicles and complying with Shariah succession principles.

Izabella Szadkowska

Partner, Corporate Commercial Department

Al Tamimi

Izabella Szadkowska is a partner in Al Tamimi & Company’s corporate structuring department. Prior to joining Al Tamimi, Izabella trained at Linklaters LLP, practiced at Clifford Chance LLP and White & Case LLP. Izabella combines private practice and in-house experience, having acted as head of group legal department for a major UAE conglomerate, Al Rostamani Group. She specialises in corporate and commercial work, M&A transactions and also provides corporate restructuring, ownership restriction and trust structures advice and assistance. Izabella’s areas of practice also include incorporation/ transfer of incorporation and corporate services under law of the Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi Global Market as well as other free zones and on-shore.

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To be announced on Monday 24 September 2019.

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